One thing I can't abide is a lame acceptance speech, especially when the person receiving the ward is a writer. If you're nominated, people, prepare a speech for crying out loud, and make it good!
Following is my criteria for a good acceptance speech:
- It should be touching, humorous, or a little of both.
- An affecting personal story (such as tales of rejection, hardship, humble beginnings, etc.) always helps.
- Keep it brief. Don't make the band play you off.
- Don't ramble off a long list of names to thank. BORING.
- Don't say it was an honor just to be nominated.
- Don't use the opportunity to make political statements. Attention: Susan Sarandon and Tim Robbins.
Recently, Mariah Carey accepted an award at the Palm Springs Film Festival for a supporting role in the film "Precious", while admittedly quite drunk. You may view a clip via the following link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jrou5EKY2zk
Although this is definitely an example of what not to do, without moments like this, I suppose award shows wouldn't be nearly as entertaining.